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San Diego's Chicken Top Mascot
NEW YORK (AP) -- Plucked from among all sports mascots, San Diego's Chicken still rules the roost.

The Chicken ranks first in Forbes magazine's survey of 10 most-liked sports mascots. Ted Giannoulas, the man inside the costume, no longer is affiliated with the Padres, but has a 78.7 awareness in the rankings.

Trailing the Chicken are the Phillie Phanatic; Mr. Met; the Racing Sausages of the Milwaukee Brewers; The Gorilla of the Phoenix Suns; Benny the Bull of Chicago; Wally the Green Monster, who represents the Red Sox; Billy the Marlin; Rocky of the Denver Nuggets; and The Coyote of the San Antonio Spurs.

Forbes polled the public on awareness, appeal and team recognition of more than 50 major sports team mascots.

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